I guess it’s just the allure of new experiences that intrigues me the most.
I mean, no matter what you do that day , you’ll be experiencing something new. And for some reason I truly believe that creating new memories is what makes us feel most alive. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, surrounded by people you’ve never met before, eating new foods you never even knew existed.
It’s a way to force your body to be alert, to be in the moment, and to pay attention.
Because there are no habits that exist here, there are no routines here, and there’s nothing recognizable. It’s literally the excitement of the unknown that keeps me coming back for more.
And maybe it’s an addiction. My entire childhood was uprooted time and time again, moving from home to home across countries, miles and miles towards new corners of the world. I’ve never been locked to any once specific place. In fact, being anywhere for too long makes me antsy. On second thought, maybe it’s not an addiction, maybe it’s just that: boredom. My psychic did tell me I get bored easily. Maybe she’s right.
Either way – I love it ….
…. I love to travel.
I mean, of course it has it’s downsides.Having to drag heavy suitcases from place to place, having to maneuver your way around, and getting over language and cultural barriers … but who cares? When I travel I feel alive.
It’s only been one month since I last experienced the joy of being somewhere totally new: Montreal.
We stayed with some very dear friends of ours, and were able to experience it at one of the most beautiful times of the year: the cusp between summer and autumn.
The leaves were just starting to fall and change color, and having not experienced the regular four seasons since moving to Tampa, it was a heart-wrenching reminder of what an inspirational time it used to be for me as a photographer when I was living in England only a few years back. Admiring those crimson leaves in Montreal was the nostalgic pain of a chapter now over and the sweet reminder that a new one had just begun. Life is funny like that, right?
One day, as we were walking around the city of Montreal, we decided to stop off for tea at a cute little place called Les Thés Davids Tea.
As I walked through the door of David’s Tea, I was mesmerized. There was tea everywhere, and as a tea-lover, it was magical. As I ordered my raspberry-infused tea, I noticed a cute little sign in French. Translated it read,
“Win the shopping spree of any tea lover’s dream!
Subscribe to our monthly newsletter and you could win a gift card of $250″
(Side note: I studied French for one year and was never good at it. My teacher always told me that I would pronounce words with a Spanish accent haha! The above translation was thanks to Google Translate)
Reading this, the businesswoman within me was wide awake, noting and zooming in on every single detail for clues.
I’m so driven to know and understand as much as I possibly can about businesses and their success in relation to their brand, and every time I have any communication with companies I’m always on the lookout for how they do things in their business, and if there’s anything amazing that I can learn to implement into my own.
In this case, I was totally surprised to see that this Montreal tea shop was smart enough to be incentivizing their audience to get on their email list. And it made me feel so happy for this business because they’re doing something very right with this incentive to get their customers on their email list.
I don’t see other businesses doing this nearly as much as they should, and I know just how vital an email list and newsletter can be to the success of a business.
At this point, I’m sure you can imagine what went through my brain next … “I have to share this with my audience so that they can make sure that they have email lists!”
Here’s the thing: Any smart business owner nowadays knows that your email list is one of the most important things you can have.
It can be the difference between success and failure. It is that important.
People start businesses, they create Facebook pages, they have a website … and they wonder why they make no sales.
One of the best and cheapest marketing tools in all of history? EMAIL!
So start a newsletter. Because it’s a simple way for you to communicate with your clients, allow them to build a trusting relationship with you, AND it gives you a direct line of contact to ask for the sale. BOOM.
And the truth is, it’s so much easier than you think! Free options like MailChimp will have you hooked up in no time!
As we left that lovely tea shop, I was reminded of the sweet new chapter of my life. A chapter where I get to share these brilliant lightning-bolt moments of branding and business brilliance with you.
WITH YOU. And you, my friend? You are the future. You are the dreamer, the believer. You are one of the crazy ones who not only has a dream, but is willing to stand up for it and claim it. You are here, put on this earth to shine. And as you shine and share your gifts with the world, if I can do anything to make the business side of things go smoother, I’m always more than happy to do it. If I can show you that business doesn’t have to be hard, sales doesn’t have to be icky, and that branding can be FUN, I feel as though you’ll be able to turn that passion of yours into something that shows you that being successful and rich and brilliant is what you are here for. You are here to be your best self, to succeed without ever feeling guilty for it and without ever feeling as though you don’t deserve it. Because you do.
And that, my friend, is the best job in the world. I get to share my passion with you, and I don’t do it nearly as much as I want to, because, well, this transition from being passionate for photography to being passionate about business? It’s been a scary one. But today I’m embracing it, full forced, with my story of my trip to the small tea shop in Montreal.
Who knows where I’ll travel to next? I know I’m going to England for Christmas, and Trinidad for Carnival, but I’ve been to both of those place before so technically it doesn’t count as somewhere brand new. Maybe I should start planning my trip to the next brand new place. Any suggestions? I shared an awesome link on my personal Facebook page of 27 Surreal Places to Visit Before You Die … they just make me want to travel, travel, travel.
Honestly though, if it were up to me, I’d be flying my mom and I out to India.
I don’t know why, but this has been a dream of mine for a while now. For some reason I feel like it’s meant to be, what do you say? Should I add India with my mom to my to-do list? I think so! :)
Before you rush off – take a moment to leave a comment and let me know these 3 things:
1) Where was the last place you visited that you had never been to before?
2) Where is the one place that you REALLY want to go to, but haven’t been yet?
3) Do you have a newsletter for your business, and if not – are you going to add it to your to-do list this week?
I can not wait to hear from you in the comment section! :D
With love and hugs,